The latest instalment of the Marvel franchise features, what some would consider, the first Black Superhero movie… except for the Blade films, who people have conveniently forgotten.
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
So after all the hype died down, I decided to leave my white privilege at home and go see what I have been led to believe could quite possibly be the greatest, most amazing, most awesome movie to ever grace the silver screen – Black Panther!
Let’s start with the good, Andy Serkis has a wicked robot arm that shoots lasers and shit. Black Panther’s accent, I like the way it replaces the ‘R’ with an ‘L’ so when they say things like Freeze, it comes out as Fleeze. Forest Whitaker’s eye, I never tire of looking at that little mutton dude.
The story is an absolute non-event. The CGI makes Superman’s moustache-gate look cutting edge. Every character is a snooze-fest and the main villain, Killmonger, is underused on the scale of Darth Maul… an absolute waste.
Add all that to the fact that our ‘hero’ and his country are more than happy to let the rest of Africa suffer in poverty, brutality and starvation whilst they pat themselves on the back about how technologically advanced and rich they are, kinda shits in the face of what a superhero is.
I’m not particularly a big Marvel fan but I like at least 50% of the stuff they churn out. In between rubbish like Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 you get the gems like Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thor Ragnarok and Civil War, but Black Panther really was near the bottom of the pile for me. I finally lost the little interest I had when some dude was riding around on an armour plated rhinoceros… I kid you not!
Anyway, the fact this mess of a film has just financially surpassed The Dark Knight shows that some moviegoers are not remotely interested in good filmmaking and storytelling but only want to earn self-promotion points from virtue signalling by raving about the ethnicity of the cast regardless of how ridiculous this film is.
SCORE : 4/10
For all you virtue signallers out there that claim to like this film based on it’s merits and not the colour of the cast, answer me this – Would you regard this film in such high regard if the cast were mainly white? Thought not.
What do the others say?
Don’t just take my word for it, have a look to see what the big players like Rotten Tomatoes (RT), IMBD, Metacritic and Honest Trailers are saying.
MARKS OUT OF 10
MARKS OUT OF 100